Red Sox survive to beat Blue Jays, 3-2

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Red Sox survive to beat Blue Jays, 3-2

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- For the second game in a row, the Red Sox had to stitch together a game using five different pitchers. This time, the end result was much better though the circumstances were no less worrisome.

Jon Lester left the game after four no-hit innings because of a strained left lat, but three relievers combined for four shutout innings and Jonathan Papelbon survived a shaky ninth as the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2.

The Sox had leaned on their bullpen for 6 23 innings Monday when John Lackey was shelled for seven runs.

Boston took a 2-0 lead in the second a run-scoring double by Jason Varitek and an RBI single from J.D. Drew. Dustin Pedroia added a solo homer in the third.

Matt Albers (two innings), Franklin Morales, Daniel Bard and Papelbon finished up for Lester, who had been bidding for his 11th win.

Papelbon made it interesting in the final frame. He gave up Jose Bautista's major league leading 28th home run, a two-run blast, then allowed the game-tying and game-winning runs to get on base. John McDonald followed with a single to left field, but Darnell McDonald fielded the ball on a hop and threw out Edwin Encarnacion at home to end the game.

The victory was the fifth in the last six games for the Red Sox, who are 7-4 versus Toronto this season.

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Pedro Martinez to WEEI: Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez to WEEI: Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”